A Bankstown woman has been awarded $100,000.00 after slipping in a supermarket. Our client was walking through the supermarket through an aisle which was closed. As she was walking through the aisle, unknown to her there was foodstuff on the floor. Our client has stepped on the foodstuff causing her to slip and fall heavily to the ground, sustaining injury.
At the time of the accident our client was employed. She was unable to work for some time following the subject accident.
This lady attended upon the expert public liability lawyers of Gerard Malouf and Partners for a free consultation. During this consultation, a statement was taken on our client’s behalf which detailed the impact this injury had on her life. This statement is an opportunity for the expert public liability lawyers to gain an insight into just how our client’s life can be affected from these injuries.
Following the initial conference with our compensation lawyer, we commenced our investigation of the claim. This included serving a Letter of Demand on the supermarket and requesting documentation and CCTV footage to assist with the liability component of the claim. Satisfied that the supermarket could be held negligible for the incident occurring, our clients accredited personal injury specialist began focusing on the damages of the claim. This is done through the assessments of medical professionals who determine items such as the affect the injury has on past and future domestic care and assistance, past and future economic loss, past and future treatment expenses. The medical professionals also assess the permanency of our client’s injuries.
Once all evidence had been obtained, the matter was ready to be filed within the District Court of NSW. The court process is often time consuming, and causes an increase in cost. It is often the practice of public liability solicitors to invite the Defendant to an Informal Settlement Conference prior to commencing formal action. Once all evidence has been achieved, the specialist solicitors of Gerard Malouf and Partners are able to formally advise as to the value of the claim. Accordingly, it was our client’s instructions to attempt to negotiate a settlement of the claim prior to commencing legal action.
It is important to note that at an Informal Settlement Conference there is no obligation to settle. During the Settlement Conference, our public liability expert attended the conference with our client. After vigorous negotiations, the matter settled for $100,000.00, a figure which our client was delighted to accept.
If you or anybody you know has been involved in a public place accident please contact the expert personal injury solicitors at Gerard Malouf and Partners for a free consultation to discuss your legal entitlements.